On the Move

Trimble library to open
in late September following move

New building more than
doubles size of previous location

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (September 2011) – The staff of the Trimble County Public Library is on the brink of moving into a new building that will hold a variety of updated amenities for the community to enjoy and explore. Two years in the making, the new building will be a welcome sight for many who rely on it.
“The actual building project will be completed by Aug. 31,” said Assistant Director Betsy Tweedy. The library will be closed Aug. 25 to Sept. 24 to move and set up materials and equipment at the new location on 35 Equity Rd., just south of Bedford. A grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24.
To make the move as convenient as possible for library patrons, the Bookmobile will continue to make Tuesday Community Stops as scheduled. An additional Tuesday Community Stop will be added outside the new library building.
In addition to the Library Director, the new library will have a staff of three full-time librarians and three part-time support librarians, two of whom have been newly hired in anticipation of the new library, said Tweedy.
She is filling the position of Acting Director for a month. The previous director, Kathy McKown, had to resign because her husband took a new job in Tennessee. New Library Director Lisa Wegner, originally from Wisconsin, is expected to fill the position by Sept. 8.

Trimble County Library

Photo by DeAnna Mavrick

The newly built Trimble County Public
Library is set to open in late September
just south of Bedford. New librarian
Lisa Wegner takes over Sept. 8.

“Our past director did all the hard work on the building project for the past few years,” said Tweedy. “We received a Community Development Block Grant for a third of the project. We have a Rural Development loan for the final third of the project, and the library has committed the first third of the project with funds of their own. This includes the purchase of the land.”
The old building on Hwy. 42 in downtown Bedford was 4,000 square feet and had 23,618 volumes. The new library has more than doubled in size to 10,500 square feet.
New amenities include a complete children’s library with activity room, fireplace, reading garden, study room, teen area, multipurpose meeting room, 18 new or upgraded public computers, Wi-Fi and increased shelving space
A Kentucky Resource Room has been added to house the library’s genealogy collection and Kentucky-authored books. This room will showcase some special collectables and paintings, such as a Harlan Hubbard painting and artwork by local artists.
Architect Brad Noe, with the 5253 Design Group in Louisville, Ky., designed the new building. While there are no specific “green” features to the new library, some economical devises have been installed: smaller water heaters, thermostats set to come on and off to reflect building occupancy, lights that automatically turn off when no movement is detected in a room.
There are several beautiful features inside that emphasis Trimble County, said Tweedy. These include the use of reclaimed barn wood and flooring and a 100-year-old tobacco press. EH Construction of Brooks, Ky., built the new library.
A barn was dismantled to make room for the library. “It was an old tobacco barn in days past, when Trimble County was a tobacco producing county,” said Steve Tharp, president of the library Board of Directors. “It was well over 100 years old.”
Tharp said some of the barn materials have been saved in order to become incorporated into the new structure. Timbers once used for support will be used in an aesthetically pleasing way to enhance the library’s interior design. “We could not save as much from the barn as we would have liked to do,” said Tharp, but the idea of reclaiming the barn wood does honor Trimble County’s farming culture.
He says the community will greatly benefit from the new building. One problem with the existing structure was parking. “We hold lots of children’s programs that are popular and well attended,” Tharp said. “Parking was a major issue.” Parking was also difficult when the Trimble County Courthouse across the street was busy. The new building will have ample places to park.
The Board of Directors had quite a bit of input on the new building. “We consulted with the architect and interior designers, and have been actively involved from the beginning,” said Tharp.
As to the previous library, “We have had some interest in the old building,” Tweedy said. “There were several bids offered in July. No decision has been made at this time.”

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